The ESA's New Space Shuttle Gets Dressed For Its First Trial Outing

The ESA's New Space Shuttle Gets Dressed For Its First Trial Outing

The European Space Agency's Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV), a new wingless space plane, is set to be tested on February 11. Here, it's shown during fairing encapsulation in preparation for the launch.

During the test, the craft will undertake a 100-minute mission without a crew, reaching 420km above Earth. You can read more about the future of what could be our next space shuttle here. [ESA]

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